Pablius Papinius Statius
Statius was a Latin poet, born in Naples in 45 AD. His father, a Greek and a teacher of rhetoric, immigrated to Naples in the first half of the first century. Statius was something of a child prodigy, quicking rising to fame as a poet. Since his father taught members of the senatorial class, his skills became known to the upper classes.
From his boyhood he had won many poetic contests in Naples, three times in Alba, where he received the golden crown from the hand of the emperor Domitian. But, in 94 AD at the great Capitoline competition Statius failed to win the coveted chaplet of oak leaves. No doubt the extraordinary popularity of his Thebais had led him to regard himself as... more »
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Pablius Papinius Statius Poems
Thebais - Book One - part III
Oh race confed’rate into crimes, that prove Triumphant o’er th’ eluded rage of Jove! This wearied arm can scarce the bolt sustain, And unregarded thunder rolls in vain:
Thebais - Book One - part II
A robe obscene was o’er her shoulders thrown, A dress by fates and furies worn alone. us She tossed her meagre arms; her better hand’
Thebais - Book Two
Now Jove’s Command fulfill’d, the Son of May Quits the black Shades and slowly mounts to Day. For lazy Clouds in gloomy Barriers rise, Obstruct the God, and intercept the Skies;
Thebais - Book One - part I
Fraternal rage, the guilty Thebes’ alarms, Th’ alternate reign destroyed by impious arms, Demand our song; a sacred fury fires My ravished breast, and all the muse inspires.
Ode To Sleep
Gentle divinity, how have I merited? Whither, unfortunate wretch, have I strayed, Thus of thy bounty to lie disenherited - I alone whilst every other is paid?
Thebais - Book One - part IV
For by the black infernal Styx I swear, (That dreadful oath which binds the thunderer) ‘Tis fixed; th’ irrevocable doom of Jove; No force can bend me, no persuasion move.
Thebais - Book One - part V
The king once more the solemn rites requires, And bids renew the feasts, and wake the fires. his train obey, while all the courts around With noisy care and various tumult sound.
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Thebais - Book One - part III
Oh race confed’rate into crimes, that prove
Triumphant o’er th’ eluded rage of Jove!
This wearied arm can scarce the bolt sustain,
And unregarded thunder rolls in vain:
Th’ o’erlaboured Cyclops from his task retires,
Th’ Æolian forge exhausted of its fires.
For this, I suffered Phœbus’ steeds to stray,
And the mad ruler to misguide the day;
When the wide earth to heaps of ashes turned,
And heaven itself the wand’ring chariot burned.
For this, my brother of the wat’ry reign
Released th’ impetuous sluices of the main:
But flames ...